The Circular Economy Councils Fund is a 4-year program which supports local government and Alpine Resort Management Boards to reduce waste to landfill and transition towards a circular economy.
Prior to 1 July 2022, this fund was named the Recycling Victoria Councils Fund.
The Circular Economy Councils Fund is a 4-year program which supports local government and alpine resort management boards to reduce waste to landfill and transition towards a circular economy.
Grants focus on local and regional circular economy projects which:
There are 2 streams of funding available in year one:
These grants are part of the funding from the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy.
Applications close at 3:00 pm on Friday 19 March. The SmartyGrants application portal will also close at 3:00 pm on this date, and we are unable to accept late applications. Late applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Read about late submissions.
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To apply, you must:
Your project must:
Stream 1: Feasibility project must be complete within 6 months of signing the funding agreement.
Stream 2: Implementation project must be complete within 2 years of signing the funding agreement.
Stream 1: Feasibility – Enabling applicants to explore localised circular economy solutions.
Stream 2: Implementation – Enabling applicants to implement circular economy projects that have a feasibility study or evidence the project is ready to implement.
Collaborative partnerships can be made up of councils and/or alpine resort management boards. They do not need to be located in the same regional area.
Applicants who undertake a feasibility study in year 1, will ideally use this study to inform their application for an implementation project in years 2 to 4 of the funding.
Dates are subject to change.
Applications open: 3:00 pm, 8 January 2021
Information session: 9 February 2021
Applications close: 3:00 pm, 19 March 2021
Notification of outcome: Applicants will be notified in June 2021.
Funded project completion:
Victoria, like many other states and nations, exports large amounts of recycled materials. Approximately 1.27 million tonnes of paper, plastic and cardboard each year is sent to overseas markets such as China and Malaysia. This includes 30% of all recycling collected from Victorian households.
In 2018, China placed and enforced strict contamination thresholds on its import of recycled materials. This caused widespread disruptions to global recycling markets – including our own.
Recycling Victoria represents the Victorian Government’s action plan to reform our waste and recycling system over the next decade. Beyond recycling, this shift will ultimately transform Victoria’s economy.
This grants program sits under Goal 2: Use products for more value, of the Recycling Victoria policy. Under this goal, the Victorian government has committed to reducing total waste generation by 15% per capita between 2020 and 2030.
Our vision for Victoria is a circular economy where products are made to last and waste is avoided. A circular economy fosters innovation and invigorates existing businesses and creates new ones. It delivers more jobs and growth for local, regional, state and global economies.
Read the Recycling Victoria policy.